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08
Jul

Poultry show will take on a different look at Allamakee County Fair this year as part of local response to avian influenza

by Lissa Blake

Poultry showing at the 162nd Allamakee County Fair coming up next week, July 15-19, will look a little different this year.
In response to an Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship mandate issued in May of this year, all bird exhibitions at county fairs and the Iowa State Fair have been canceled. That action came following an avian influenza (bird flu) outbreak in western Iowa earlier this year.

Sat
04
Jul

Thursday rollover accident claims Spring Grove, MN teenager

Thursday, July 2 at 11:01 a.m., the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one-vehicle accident on State Highway 76 north of Waukon. The accident location was approximately 500 feet north of the State Highway 76 and Iverson Bridge Road intersection. According to a report from the Allamakee County Sheriff's Office, the driver, 18-year-old Christine A. Lund of Spring Grove, MN, lost control of the vehicle she was driving. The vehicle entered the ditch and rolled over multiple times, ejecting the female driver from the vehicle. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene and was the only occupant of the vehicle. The accident remains under investigation by the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office. Assisting at the scene was the Waukon Fire Department, Veterans Memorial Hospital Ambulance and Iowa Department of Transportation Enforcement Division.

Wed
01
Jul

Waukon's Tiffany Riehm and "Pony" win pair of World Championships


Tiffany Riehm of Waukon and her Paint mare, ‘Pony’ (also known as Ty’s Cool Angel), won a pair of World Championship titles at the Pinto World Championship Horse Show in Tulsa, OK in mid-June, as evidenced by the ribbons and awards in the photo. Riehm is pictured above with her boyfriend, Paul Regan of Waukon, who is holding Bella, with their other canine companion, Gentry, also looking on. Submitted photo by Jeff Kirkbride Photography.

by Lissa Blake

Wed
24
Jun

Harpers Ferry Vision for Our Future group works toward community sustainability


Harpers Ferry Vision for Our Future working group leaders will continue to work within groups for the next year to shape a future to make Harpers Ferry a place where young families thrive, small business and jobs grow, service to tourists is enhanced, and a year-round home can be established for an increasing number of residents. Pictured above, left to right, at the June 11 Mayor's Dinner that provided a focal point of discussion for pursuit of those ideals are: Front row - Betty Steege, Darin Valley, Mike Whalen, Harpers Ferry Mayor Jerry Valley, Karen Soper, Sister Suzanne Gallagher and Pat Cota; Back row: Larry Schulte, Lowell Engle, and Kari McCann and M.J. Smith of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. Submitted photo.

by Kelli Boylen
freelance writer

Wed
24
Jun

New Albin Days Past and Present 2015

The annual New Albin Days Past and Present celebration that was held June 12-13 celebrated the community of New Albin in all its past history and present glory with a wide variety of activities. Pictured left to right, Tyson Cota and Alaina Bakewell were crowned Little Mr. New Albin and Little Miss New Albin, respectively, Friday, June 12 in the first time the contest has expanded to include Little Mr. New Albin. Attendees at this year's event were greeted by an invitation to "make yourself at home" by a new billboard sign that could be seen hanging on the side of the former town hall building in New Albin. Photo courtesy of Lori Darling. Additional photos can be found by clicking on the Photo Gallery link.

Wed
24
Jun

Paddle for Prevention effort raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention


Decorah natives Corey Smock (left) and Lance Loney (right) are fulfilling a dream and serving a cause in their Paddle for Prevention effort of canoeing the length of the Mississippi River this summer. The pair will be paddling into Lansing this Friday, June 26, where there will be an event to welcome them and help them raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Photo courtesy of Paddle for Prevention.

A pair of Decorah natives are canoeing their way down the length of the Mississippi River in an effort to raise funds for suicide awareness and prevention. Corey Smock and Lance Loney, both 2009 graduates of Decorah High School, embarked upon their "Paddle for Prevention" journey Thursday, June 4 from the Mississippi River headwaters of Lake Itasca in Minnesota, and have plans to paddle into Lansing this Friday, June 26 for a bit of a reprieve from their time on the river.

Wed
17
Jun

Upcoming auction will be final chapter in Ray Sweeney's House of Clocks legacy


Among the many historical collectibles being auctioned off at the June 28-29 Sweeney House of Clocks auction will be the more than 1,000 clocks that laid the groundwork for the House of Clocks museum. The original clock collection of Ray Tlougan of Spillville was purchased by Ray Sweeney in the late 1970s and provided the starting point for opening the museum. Submitted photo.

by Lissa Blake

An upcoming auction will mark the end of an era but should also bring back an abundance of memories for many in the local and surrounding area.
Sunday and Monday, June 28 and 29, the family of the late Ray Sweeney will offer at public auction his extensive House of Clocks Museum collection that includes historical memorabilia from near and far that has drawn local, national and even worldwide attention. The auction is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. both days. “It’s a rare opportunity,” said Sweeney Auction Service.

Wed
17
Jun

Despite weather challenges, "Thunder in the Park" continues to grow

Although weather did have an impact on overall attendance, the annual "Thunder in the Park" event continues to grow and has plans to continue to do so, according to local coordinator Al Lyon of Waukon. The third annual event held Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, June 12-14 at the Waukon City Park offered a variety of new presentations this year, some of which included the medical tent and the blacksmithing demonstration  to complement the traditional Civil War battle reenactments and other trips back through the history of this nation. Lyon said Thursday's heavy rain prior to the weekend event forced some of this year's anticipated reenactor participants to change their plans, leaving the battle scenes to feature "about 30 rifles and seven cannons on the grounds".

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